17 Mar Chilli Crab
Chilli Crab, the iconic Singaporean dish and touted by the Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore’s National Dishes. There had been contention about the origins of this dish. Our neighbours up north claimed that Chilli Crab is theirs. The truth is…
THIS IS A TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREAN DISH!
Now, for a little Chilli Crab history. First off, Chilli Crab is truly Singaporean. It came about as an improvised dish by Mdm. Cher Yam Tian and her husband Mr. Lim Choo Ngee back in 1956, when Mdm. Cher used bottled chilli sauce instead of her usual tomato sauce when stir-frying mud crabs. This became a dish that they sold in a pushcart along the seaside. As business was good, they opened a restaurant called Palm Beach in 1962 banking on their “hit” dish. The legacy continues as Mr. Roland Lim continues to serve this tasty dish in his restaurant – Roland Restaurant. You can read more about this story here.
Eating out can be a really expensive affair. In an effort to save money, yet be able to enjoy this dish, I decided I shall learn to make this dish at home. This recipe calls for a freshly made chilli paste and the two all-important sauces that make it similar to Mdm. Cher’s original version – tomato and chilli sauce. It will take a little effort, BUT I tell you, it will be so worth it, cos cooking the dish at home cost a fraction of what you pay in the restaurants.
Let’s do a happy dance before we begin.
If the kitchen attempts fail, well, below are some of the restaurants I have enjoyed this beautiful dish at.
- Roland Restaurant 89 Marine Parade Central #06-750, Singapore 440089
- Long Beach Seafood Restaurant (5 locations) 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670
- Palm Beach Seafood 1 Fullerton Road #01-09, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
- Jumbo Seafood (5 locations) 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449883
This recipe is made simple so that an amateur home cook like me can make it at home. I’ve done it, so can you! Until next time!
|Prep time||15 min|
|Cook time||30 min|
Things you need
|6 pieces||Red chilli|
|3-8 pieces||Chilli padi (Bird’s eye chilli)|
|2 tablespoons||Tomato sauce|
|5 tablespoons||Chilli sauce|
|800 milliliters||Chicken broth|
- Slice ginger, red chilli, chilli padi and lemongrass
- Place all sliced items into the blender with peeled garlic and shallots
- Blend till a fine consistency
- Heat up a pan, add in oil and the blended chilli paste
- Stir fry the chilli paste
- Add in chilli sauce and tomato sauce. Stir to evenly combine them.
- Add in chicken broth and sugar. Stir to even out everything and let it boil.
- Add 1 whole chopped up crab. Cover and let simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Beat up and add in the eggs.
- Adjust the amount of chilli padi according to how much spice you want.